16 English Sites & Blogs to Know for Doing Business in Japan in 2021
We asked Business in Japan members to recommend English-language websites and blogs on business in Japan topics.
And—along with some sleuthing—we put together this list of sites and sources on business-in-Japan themes, which you might not know of but totally should.
Logistics & Legal
Otani Accounting. Tax-related resources and guides, plus explainer articles on finance and business in Japan. 📖 If your company provides e-services, you’ll want to read: “Digital Tax in Japan: Alert for E-service Companies.”
Market Entry & Marketing
Freshtrax Blog. A design and marketing company covering e-commerce, culture, and trends in Japan. 📖 Want to know the top 10 Japanese tech companies by market capitalization, revenue, or another metric? Read: “Top 10 Japanese Tech Companies in 2021.”
Humble Bunny Blog. From Nathan Hoernig’s team, social media in Japan, e-commerce, and SEO strategy from a marketing + design company. 📖 Start here: “The Impact of Covid-19 On Japanese Social Media (Short and Long Term).”
Business in Japan Blog. Most people will know Business in Japan as the 67,000+ Linkedin group. But there’s a site, too, by founder Jason Ball that covers market entry topics. 📖 This resource list is particularly helpful: "Chambers of Commerce in Japan (Foreign & Domestic)."
Business, Tech & Culture
TÉKUNI newsletter. A curated newsletter focused on Japan’s tech news. 📖 Want to know what type of person purchases a pet robot? Read this interview with Yukai Engineering CEO Shunsuke Aoki.
Kokoro Media. Interviews with Japanese business owners, articles on culture, and more. 📖 If you’re geeky about films, horror, or Japanese horror flicks in particular, check out: “A Talk with the Crew of Independent Japanese Horror Movie ‘Orange Juice.’”
BONUS: NewsPicks (Japanese). Japan business news with commentary by select industry leaders, experts, and CXOs. Group company UZABASE’s initial.inc started releasing English versions. 📖 Startups or anyone interested in Japan’s startup scene will want to read: “Japan Startup Funding 2020.”
Japan’s Startup Scene
Rude VC. Mark Bivens’ blog about venture capital, sumo, triathlon, reggae. 📖 Recommended read: “In Japan’s vaccine rollout, the startup ecosystem delivers.”
The Bridge. English version of a Japanese media site helping to connect investors with startups & founders in Japan and Asia. 📖 Start with this article about a Japanese EdTech startup using AI to hack how we learn that secured $46M+ to go global.
Disrupting Japan. Tim Romero of Google Startups covers innovation & the startup scene in Japan. Articles are often transcripts from the podcast of the same name. 📖 Recommended read: “The new era of Evocative Machines. Why you’re going to love it.”
Statistics & Surveys
e-Stat. Japan statistics in English by the central government. Everything from consumer price fluctuations to road traffic statistics. 👉 Kind-of-hidden but absolute gold: Government Statistics Sitemap, which gives you an overview of statistics by gov branches.
TokyoMate’s newsletter. Published every 2 weeks, the Data Depicted corner covers 1 new survey in an infographic. 👇 See below for an example.
This list is small, but will grow with help from you. Do you have a site or resource you’ve found particularly useful, which you think should be listed here? Write to [email protected].
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